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Explore timeless strategies for developing your influence as a children’s ministry leader.

An Anxious Generation — Now What?

“Erosion doesn’t excite people.”

This is what I thought recently while reading a news story about an 1800s farmhouse in England that’s beginning to hang over the edge of a cliff due to seaside erosion. The historical home is about to be demolished to prevent it from careening over the side of the cliff, and spilling into the ocean.

But what struck me while studying the arial, birds-eye view was that there was no mention in the article of the house just next door. The soil erosion is also headed for the other house, too. It may take a few years, but it’s coming. The clock is ticking.

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Leadership Fluency: Mastering the Language of Leadership

How would you define leadership? What analogies or metaphors would you use to describe it? For many, leadership conjures pictures of business gurus, sports coaches, and war heroes. Leaders are often associated with words like guidance, influence, direction, and ownership. But have you ever correlated leadership with language? At its core, language is communication. It’s how ideas are conveyed through words and symbols and how people experience deeper levels of understanding and intimacy. Without language, we would lack clarity and connection with others.

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Deeply Loved: An Easter Encouragement

“Jesus loves me this I know. For the Bible tells me so; Little ones to him belong, They are weak, but he is strong. Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me ….”

How many times have we sung this song?  And yet, I wonder today, do you know that Jesus loves you?  

Don’t brush past this.  

Sit for a minute with this question – Do I know that Jesus loves me?  

I’m not talking about what you do for him. I’m not talking about the way you show up faithfully over and over again. I’m not talking about the sermon you wrote, or the snacks you bought, or the sporting events you attended. I’m not talking about hospital visits or meal trains. I’m not talking about Vacation Bible School, Fall Festivals, or Christmas plays.

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Three Ways Leaders Can Help Families in Medical Crisis

When my daughter Eliza landed unexpectedly in the NICU the day after she was born, I felt as though the floor had dropped out from underneath me. I was overwhelmed, crippled by fear and exhaustion. We had not planned for a five-week hospital stay, and we had not planned for the rare chromosomal diagnosis we received when we were there: Prader-Willi syndrome. Before her first birthday, Eliza was hospitalized seven times, undergoing two surgeries, and coming home from various stays with supplemental oxygen and a feeding tube. 

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The Dos and Don’ts of Your First Year as a Children’s Minister

As a children’s minister, your first year in the position can be both exciting and overwhelming. You have the opportunity to impact the lives of young children and their families, but the responsibility of leading kids to Jesus can be weighty. You want to do it right because communicating God’s love to kids is life-changing

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5 Qualities that Make a Children’s Minister Great

A myriad of qualities are needed when it comes to running a children’s ministry, but these five are key. 1. Great Leaders are In Love with Jesus. It might seem obvious that someone leading children and their families should be in love with Jesus, but we can’t take this quality for granted. It can become easy to fill our time doing things for Jesus and miss out on being with Jesus. If we desire to lead well, we must lead from a place of love. We need to know how deeply Jesus loves us and reflect that love toward those we lead.

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Reaching The Inconsistent Family

Building relationships with families can be tough when we are only seeing kids, parents, and caretakers about once a month.

We can blame COVID, club sports, or summertime schedules, but the bottom line is the same – there are kids and families who just aren’t as consistent at church as we would like.
So, what can we do about it?
This article will help you think of new ways to reach the inconsistent family so they feel connected and you have a game plan for when they visit.

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5 Points to Ponder when Your Soul is Overwhelmed

Ministry can be challenging work. There is always a lot to manage.  Despite our best intentions, we can find ourselves tired, depleted, and overwhelmed. If you’re in this spot, we want this article to be an encouragement to you. When we don’t find the right rhythms, keep boundaries, or have people to go with us, ministry can knock us down or, unfortunately, take us out.

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